Jochen Gerz: THE WALK – NO RETROSPECTIVE
23 September 2018 to 5 May 2019
The Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg will host No Retrospective by Jochen Gerz from 23 September 2018. This exhibition is neither an exhibition nor will it take place in the museum: THE WALK, a 100-metre path, takes visitors along the iconic glass front of the museum, where they can read a text that interweaves the artist’s life and works with eight decades of contemporary history. A look back, an unusual look from the outside at the museum and its influence on the city, and a look forward towards the future of art and civil society. The text transforms the museum into a giant book: each pane of the seven-metre-high glass front becomes a column in an exemplary narrative. Personal biography becomes a reference to the world – to the view from outside.
THE WALK is Jochen Gerz’s first museum show in 15 years. Gerz is one of a number of high-profile artists who, in the tradition of modernity, condemn museum practice and eschew the commercial dictates of the art world. The Duisburg exhibition was preceded by two years of intense discussion, doubt and self-doubt. Gerz comments: “It’s always the first exhibition.” According to the artist’s catalogue raisonné, this is his 170th solo show. The museum’s invitation to organise a retrospective turned into a commission to produce a work for public space. THE WALK is not a retrospective. Not a single work will be displayed in the original. Instead, as part of the show’s preparation, the e_Catalogue Raisonné was produced, which makes all works accessible online from everywhere and at any time.
The Lehmbruck Museum thanks its patrons for their support of the project by Jochen Gerz: Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR), the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Sparkasse Duisburg, Kunststiftung NRW, Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg – AöR and GEBAG Duisburger Baugesellschaft mbH.
Photographer: Guido Meincke